Smoke-free Campus (SFC) Policy

According to the World Health Organization, scientific evidence has firmly established that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, and that implementing 100% smoke-free environments is the only effective way to protect the population from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Coker College will become smoke-free on January 1, 2014 and tobacco-free on August 15, 2014. Smoking tobacco products on property owned or leased by Coker College will be prohibited after January 1, 2014. The use of any tobacco product on property owned or leased by Coker College will be prohibited after August 15, 2014.

 

SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Steve Terry, chair
  • Brianna Douglas
  • Lynn Griffin
  • Kyle Saverance
  • Jason Umfress

 

PURPOSE

The purposes of this policy are to: 1) support the college’s strategic wellness initiatives by creating a living/learning environment that makes healthy living a key aspect of the Coker Experience; 2) protect all members of the Coker Community from unwanted, involuntary, and harmful exposure to passive smoke and tobacco waste; 3) promote Coker pride and respect for the campus by reducing a known source of litter and waste; and 4) foster a supportive environment for those who are trying to quit using tobacco products.

Therefore, all smoking of tobacco products on property owned or leased by Coker College will cease on January 1, 2014 and use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on August 15, 2014.

 

POLICY

  • Smoking is prohibited at all times, and at all locations of Coker College’s campus, including college-owned facilities, properties, and grounds. This includes but is not limited to the following:
    • all interior space on the Coker campus and property owned or leased by Coker College, including all off-site locations on which courses are offered;
    • all outside property or grounds of property owned or leased by Coker College, including areas such as walkways, breezeways, parking lots, and patios;
    • all vehicles leased or owned by Coker College; and
    • all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.
  • Advertising, sale, or distribution of tobacco is prohibited on campus.
  • Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of campus groups, events, individuals, and departments is prohibited. This includes scholarships, sponsorship of faculty positions, and recruiting for employment. Tobacco industry and related company sponsorship of athletic events and athletes is prohibited.
  • Littering any college property, whether owned or leased, with the remains of tobacco products is prohibited.
  • Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, and sporting events using Coker facilities are required to abide by the Smoke-free Campus Policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating and enforcing this policy to attendees.

 

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS

 

COMPLIANCE

All college employees, students, visitors, guests, and contractors are required to comply with this policy, which shall remain in effect at all times. Refusal to comply with this policy may be cause for disciplinary action in accordance with employee and student conduct policies. Refusal to comply with the policy by visitors, guests and contractors may be grounds for removal from campus.

 

EXCEPTIONS

The following activities may be conducted as exceptions to the policy subject to advance approval as indicated.

All research, educational, cultural ceremonies, and/or artistic purposes that involve the use of tobacco on property owned or leased by Coker College must be approved in advance by the President or his/her designee. Such use must be preceded by reasonable advance notice to the public. Nothing in this policy is intended to prohibit research on tobacco companies or tobacco products.

 
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